Less than a month to go until this year’s SAAS deadline

Students are being urged to get their funding application to SAAS by 30 June to ensure payment for the first term.

This year all students will be eligible for a student loan of £4,500 and an income of £7,250 will be available to those from the lowest income households.

SAAS has trebled the number of advisors manning its national helpline to help process the 150,000 applications expected this year.

This year Scottish students will benefit from the best funding package in the UK, with SAAS administering fees, bursaries and loans totalling £600 million.

David Wallace, Chief Executive of SAAS, said: “By starting early and submitting on time, students can get on with enjoying their summer without worrying about funding tuition fees and living costs for the next academic year.

“We’ve invested in our call handling resource this year to ensure help is at hand for those needing support.  I’d urge anyone with application queries to pick up the phone and access the right advice.”

New and returning students are required to fully complete the online application correctly and supply all supporting documents by post, such as proof of parents’ or partner’s income or lone parent status.

Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland, said:  “We all know how important SAAS funding is for students, many of whom have given up jobs or benefits to go and study. This is why it’s so important that students get their applications in as soon as possible, which will help avoid any delay in receiving funding.

“We urge students to visit the SAAS website, and watch the videos on their Youtube page, to see what the changes mean for them.

“To ensure students receive this support in the first term it’s important they make applying to SAAS a priority. Our message to students is don’t delay –  the quicker SAAS receives your application, the quicker you’ll get your funding.”

From 3 June until 31 October 2013 the SAAS call centre will be extending its opening hours; Monday to Friday from 8am – 7pm on 0300 555 0505 where operators can talk through applications.

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